A letter circulating in the Senate this week is urging the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to strengthen the final biodiesel volumes in the pending Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule.The letter, sponsored by Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), maintains that while the proposed rule is a step in the right direction after major delays—it still fails to recognize the domestic biodiesel industry’s full production potential.“While the proposal put forward by EPA is an improvement over the November 2013 proposal, it would only grow biodiesel volumes to 1.9 billion gallons by 2017 which is just slightly more than the industry’s actual production of more than 1.8 billion gallons in 2013,” the letter states. “We believe the domestic biodiesel industry is fully capable of additional growth and urge the EPA to revise the volumes in the final rule. Based on the biodiesel industry’s projections for future capacity, growth, and demand, we believe increases to at least 2 billion gallons in 2016 and at least 2.3 billion gallons in 2017 would be reasonable and prudent.”The deadline for signing the letter is July 10. The letter needs as many senators as possible to sign and show the Administration that biodiesel has strong, bipartisan, geographically diverse support in the Senate. The American Soybean Association (ASA) urges growers to contact their senators’ offices and ask them to sign the letter. To sign onto the letter, Senate offices should contact Kurt Kovarik in Sen. Grassley’s office ([email protected]) or Josephine Eckert in Sen. Murray’s office ([email protected]).
As the eight victims continue to cope with the emotional toll the shooting has taken on them, the mother of 13-year-old victim Keionna Green said she knows what her daughter is going through.“She really hasn’t been sleeping,” said Green’s mother. “She didn’t want to go out and play with her friends.”“I’m just so scared,” said the 13-year-old.However, Green said, she is beginning to feel safer after the arrests were made on Tuesday. “I think I’ll feel safer to leave home since they’re in court,” she said.Stay-away orders have also been made to keep the two suspects away from the victims.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – The two teens accused of opening fire and shooting eight victims at a Martin Luther King Jr. parade faced a judge, Wednesday.Both 17-year-old Robert Britt and 18-year-old Gerrell Brownlee saw judges in initial hearings, Wednesday morning.State prosecutors said they are working towards trying Britt as an adult, while Brownlee’s bond was set at $1 million.Related: 8 shot at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Miami on MLK Day; 2 detainedBrownlee is a convicted felon with two open cases, which is the reason prosecutors asked for an increased bond amount. Judge Mindy S. Glazer also set a second bond amount of $10,000 for his charge due to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.“There were eight people who were shot at a park celebrating a peaceful event,” Glazer said in court, “and I’m concerned he poses a danger to the community.”State prosecutors were not lenient toward Brownlee. “Based on the fact that Brownlee is already out on bond in firearm charges, and has yet again picked up another firearm charge in addition to the heinous nature of this crime, the state is respectfully requesting an increase bond,” said one state prosecutor.In juvenile court, family members appeared during Britt’s hearing. The presiding judge there ruled that he be held in jail pending the start of his trial.